Professional Learning & Lesson Plan Resources
Our department is dedicated to supporting the development of teacher pedagogy and practice. This page provides information about our district-wide PD initiatives and shares a group of powerful resources that can aid any educator's journey toward making their classroom more equitable.
Please use the information below to supplement your work in the classroom. We offer the following content:
Take your time to engage with the resources on the page, contact Dr. Banks if you have any questions, and keep coming back! New resources will be added regularly.
Are you looking for ways for your students to learn more about Juneteenth? The New York Times offers five teaching ideas for exploring the holiday and its significance via a variety of media, including photographs, recipes, art, and a podcast interview.
Exciting FREE Summer PL Opportunities from Facing History and Ourselves Holocaust & Human Behavior A New Approach to Teaching Reconstruction Teaching for Equity and Justice Identity, Membership, and Belonging It's Not an Achievement Gap - It's an Education Debt
Are you wondering why we are always talking about the education debt that CSD owes to our marginalized students? The philosophy comes from Gloria Ladson Billings - a simply phenomenal scholar who first coined the phrase. Learn more about the incorrect way we have defined the insistent achievement and discipline separations between the races of students in our classrooms.
Addressing Anti-Asian Violence and Bias Amid the pandemic, Asian American people continue to experience racism, violence and harassment. These resources can help teachers discuss the historical precedents for this moment, introduce ways for students to recognize and speak up against coronavirus racism, and start conversations with even the youngest learners about recognizing and acting to address injustice. Click here for a link to multiple resources After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History One Learning For Justice award winner shares the conversation she started with students the day after the attacks in Atlanta and recommends resources anyone can use to teach about Asian American history and identity. Black Male Educators Talk
This is an AWESOME group dedicated to the support and brotherhood of Black male teachers. A one-of-a-kind affinity space designed and curated to affirm the expertise, lived experiences, identities, race, culture, communities of Black Male Educators. A place to connect with other BMEs, share collective knowledge, and just be affirmed by the fact that you are not doing this alone.
This group also facilitates a lively, thought-provoking Twitter chat every Tuesday night throughout the school year, in which, their moderators hold space for BMEs to share their perspectives on the Black male experience and their roles in education. Get Trained (or get your students trained) to End Harassment!
Hollaback is an awesome nonprofit working to end harassment — in all its forms. They believe that everyone deserves the resources to respond to, prevent, and intervene in instances of harassment. Therefore, they provide both customized and free anti-harassment training experiences. They have some strong free training sessions scheduled for March-May 2021. Many of them speak specifically to Asian American discrimination. Check them out!
Courageous Conversations About Race
The District has embarked on a multi-year professional development program for the entire system. From students to administrators and Board members our anti-racism work is being guided by the Pacific Education Group (PEG). Pacific Educational Group’s (PEG) theory of change states, Courageous conversation precedes courageous action, and courageous action leads to racial equity transformation in our district, resulting in the elimination of racial achievement disparities (Singleton, 2014). For more information about CCAR, click the link below.
CSD's "Do 4" Culturally Relevant Education Framework
The Do 4 framework is a research-based compilation of best practices from multiple frameworks. The bibliography at the end of the document shares the primary work upon which the framework is based.
The framework has 4 quadrants. Each quadrant is further unpacked through four choices that educators, who are striving to employ a culturally relevant praxis, will intentionally make.
Quad One - Choose to Do for Self
Quad Two - Choose to Do for Students
Quad Three - Choose to Do for Curriculum and Assessment
Quad Four - Choose to Do for Instruction
In the Do 4 Framework, Intentionality is key - educators must make intentional choices and do intentional work to be (or become) effective educators for all students.
Although they have been working to develop the personal "Do for Self" components of the framework over the past three years - Teachers will begin to engage in Do 4 staff development courses and discuss the application of theory to practice starting Fall 2021.
Culturally-Responsive Teaching & The Brain
Culturally responsive pedagogy can be a game-changer in a school’s pursuit of educational equity, but. CRT is more than just a set of activities, social justice lessons, or kinesthetic learning strategies. CSD educators studying CRT are building the capacity to discover the critical connections between student learning, culturally responsive practices, and neuroscience - thereby allowing them to customize CRT strategies, identify current mindsets that need to change in classrooms or schools, and practice Hammond's Ready for Rigor framework. for more information about CRT & The Brain, click the link below.
Gender Fluidity/Transition/GLBTQ+ Resources
Facing Trans: Inclusion, Advocacy, and Empowerment Workbook, Guide, and Resource Packet
This resource packet by trans activist Jessica Pettitt was produced in 2009 and is not the "end all be all" resource concerning trans identities, trans students, or trans resources. In fact, it is a bit out of date due to progressive changes in society and in schools. Nevertheless, it provides some unique and excellent resources for older students that are still relevant today. Give it a look and you will find many things that support your work in the classroom.
Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools
This excellent resource from the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, NEA, and others provides many solid and plentiful resources for students of all ages, teachers, administrators, district personnel.
This resource provides a unique, visual, and memorable way to examine trans and transitioning identity.
LGBTQ+ - Visibility and Integration in Elementary Schools
While many LGBTQ-inclusive school supports begin in middle or high school, it is critical for elementary schools to establish a foundation of respect and understanding for all people. This GLSEN educator guide discusses ways in which teachers, administrators, and district leaders can implement best practices for inclusion, address questions and pushback, and implement curriculum, regarding GLBTQ+ individuals. The article at the following link also provides valuable resources.
Carlos Museum Teacher Resources
This program invites children and their grown-ups to gather in the intimate setting of the Carlos galleries to hear children’s literature related to the collections and exhibitions, look closely at a single work of art together, and then head to the studio for an engaging hands-on activity. These materials have been developed for children in pre-K through second grade.
Designed for elementary and middle school students, Odyssey Online allows self-directed exploration of works of art in the museum's collections and the cultures that produced them.
Teaching Resources Addressing Race Addressing Anti-Asian Violence and Bias Amid the pandemic, Asian American people continue to experience racism, violence and harassment. These resources can help teachers discuss the historical precedents for this moment, introduce ways for students to recognize and speak up against coronavirus racism, and start conversations with even the youngest learners about recognizing and acting to address injustice. Click here for a link to multiple resources. After Atlanta: Teaching About Asian American Identity and History One Learning For Justice award winner shares the conversation she started with students the day after the attacks in Atlanta and recommends resources anyone can use to teach about Asian American history and identity.
A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment
Teaching Activity. By Mark Sweeting. Rethinking Schools.
How one teacher engaged his students in a critical examination of the language used in textbooks to describe the internment.
An Unnoticed Struggle: A Concise History of Asian American Civil Rights
A brief but fascinating and informative historical brochure produced by the Japanese American Citizens League
No, You Should Not Be Teaching Black Children if You Reject Anti-Racism
This well-laid-out, informative article explains why it is SO important for teachers to be anti-racist and act as anti-racist allies. As Al-Mekki states, "We need anti-racist White teachers, co-strategists and laborers in this work who are open to being deeply self-reflective about how to be the most effective at teaching black and brown children".
My Reflection Matters (MRM)
This website offers online parent-teacher educational resources to support the healthy development of Black and Brown youths' racial and cultural identities.
Teaching Tolerance: Black Lives Matter
These resources can help you talk with students about the historical context and mission behind Black Lives Matter and work toward making your school a more affirming, safer space for Black students.
This lesson plan examines the celebration marking a day in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they’d be free—two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War and two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Lessons about Juneteenth should recognize the challenges that those who fight injustice have always faced, but they shouldn’t place a singular focus on the tragedy of enslavement. Students, particularly Black students, can find empowerment in a lesson celebrating culture, activism, and the humanity of a people.
The Abolitionist Teaching Network
This highly-recommended Network's mission is to develop and support those in the struggle for educational freedom utilizing the intellectual work and direct action of Abolitionists in many forms. Abolitionist Teachers believe that no Black, Brown, or Indigenous child is disposable. They believe we must embody the spirit of Black Lives Mattering, not just say Black Lives Matter. ATN awards grants to teachers who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both. This site is an invitation and location for Abolitionist Teachers to individually and collectively generate critical reflection and action.
Education and Criminalization: Do #BlackLivesMatter - in Schools?
This resource and reading list was curated by Dr. Subini Annamma who created it because she, "noticed that a lot of the lists are ignoring education, particularly k-12 education and the ways it reproduces anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and racism in schools to construct Black youth as criminals." As more and more is written about the ways society enacts anti-Blackness and white supremacy against Black youth, less addressed in many reading lists & syllabi is the role education plays in such outcomes. The goals of the multiple articles and research studies on this list are to highlight how schools (re)produce criminalization of Black youth.
An Essay for Teachers Who Understand Racism Is Real
This Education Week essay is written by the brilliant UGA scholar, Betina Love. She says,
This essay is not to enumerate the recent murders of Black people by police, justify why protest and uprising are important for social change, or remind us why NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee. If you have missed those points, blamed victims, or proclaimed "All Lives Matter," this article is not for you, and you may want to ask yourself whether you should be teaching any children, especially Black children.
This article is for teachers who understand that racism is real, anti-Blackness is real, and state-sanctioned violence, which allows police to kill Black people with impunity, is real. It is for teachers who know change is necessary and want to understand exactly what kind of change we need as a country.
Education for Immigrant Students
SPLC - Protecting Immigrant Students’ Rights To A Public Education
Here you will find resources that can be used by families, advocates, educators, and school administrators to understand the responsibilities their schools and districts have to families. These resources can help you advocate for students facing language access or enrollment barriers in public elementary or secondary schools.
YAD Vashem - Holocaust Video Toolbox
The Holocaust Education Video Toolbox is designed to help educators teach the Holocaust. The focus is on methodological and pedagogical suggestions that aid with this often daunting task, as well as practical materials and discussion points for classrooms and groups - hence the name, Video Toolbox.
Racial Equity & Education
20 (Self-)Critical Things I Will Do to Be a More Equitable Educator - by Paul Gorski
In this post, Gorski reflects upon the work teachers can personally do to be more equitable in- and outside the classroom.
How Should I Talk About Race in my Mostly White Classroom?
This resource from the ADL provides guidance and considerations for how to engage in reflection and discussion on race and racism with white youth.
Stop Hiding in Your Classroom - It's Time to Talk About Race
As educators, we (sometimes unknowingly) step into roles of advocate, caretaker, guide, and even mother or father to students. Students pay attention to everything we say and do. They particularly pay attention to our silence. We may be uncomfortable talking about race, but we can no longer afford to be silent. We have chosen a profession, which—like parenting—requires that our comforts come second to those of children. Uncomfortable with this? This article from Teaching Tolerance will help you start the conversation.
This highly-recommended site offers a plethora of lesson plans and other valuable resources. It is part of the George Lucas Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, the foundation takes a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research.
Say Their Names!
An excellent and extensive toolkit from Chicago Public Schools that provides suggestions and strategies for educators and parents having conversations with young people in school and at home about race, racism, racial violence, understanding biases, and how to take action for racial justice. They begin by suggesting that you read the article above before diving in.
Rethinking Schools attempts to be both visionary and practical . . . practical, because for too long, teachers and parents have been preached at by theoreticians, far-removed from classrooms, who are long on jargon and short on specific examples. Most importantly, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race and believes that classrooms can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the kind of society we could live in, and where students learn the academic and critical skills needed to make that vision a reality.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)
Learning for Justice is a national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. The site includes activities, articles, fact sheets for students, and more.
The Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
Racial Trauma & Education
Floyd, Chauvin, and Trauma in Communities of Color
The murder of George Floyd. The Derek Chauvin trial. The recent rise in bias and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
These are heavy, challenging times for us all, but particularly our communities of color.
Education Minnesota has compiled the following resources for educators and parents to help children and adolescents cope and process these and other traumatic events.
Teachers Address Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
NYT article that provides suggestions for discussion made by real teachers.
Education Week - Discussing the Derek Chauvin Trial in Class: How Teachers Are Doing It, and Why
PBS News Hour Lesson Plan: How Derek Chauvin Trial Highlights the Trauma of Police Brutality
RESOURCE PAGE: EMPOWERING EDUCATION ON RESISTANCE TO WHITE SUPREMACIST TERROR
Here, The Ida B. Wells Education Project provides a list of resources that support their Feb. 2021 workshop which addressed discussing White supremacist terror in the classroom. Topics covered are: Reconstruction, The Free Black Press, Protests, Political Organizing and the NAACP, Protests and Political Organizing Against Lynching, Artists Against Racial Violence, Teaching About
Race Riots Race Massacres, Violence and the Civil Rights Resolution, Police Violence is White Supremacist Violence, and Fighting White Supremacy Today. This topic/these resources are not for the faint of heart, but, if you're ready, I mean really ready, this can be a transformative experience for your students - an entirely new way to examine and interrogate US history.
Social Justice & Education
PBS - Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans
Here, PBS has pulled together resources to help educators teach students about peace, tolerance, war, patriotism, geography, and other related issues.
Teaching Tolerance, Us Vs. Hate
#USvsHate is a program led by young people and the educators who work with them, and its goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to stand up against bigotry and create safe and welcoming schools for all.
The Learning Network: Resources for Teaching About Race & Racism With the New York Times
This highly regarded resource offers A curated collection of over 75 lesson plans, writing prompts, short films, and graphs relating to racism and racial justice.
What Is The Difference Between a Refugee, a Migrant, an Immigrant, and an Asylum Seeker? - by Kim Mack
This is a brief but informative article explaining the differences and reminding us that names have meaning.
Remaking Schools in the Time of Coronavirus
The Covid-19 crisis has upended public education around the country. Join three radical education activists, Jesse Hagopian, Noliwe Rooks, and Wayne Au, in conversation about what this crisis means for public education now and how moving forward we can continue to fight for the schools our students deserve.
Why English Class is Silencing Students of Color
Jamila Lyiscott - TEDxTheBenjaminSchool
Viral TED speaker, spoken word poet, and social justice education scholar Dr. Jamila Lyiscott makes a powerful argument that to honor and legitimize all students, we must, likewise, legitimize and honor all of their varied forms of written and spoken discourse, practicing "Liberation Literacies" in the classroom. Jamila Lyiscott is currently a visiting assistant professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
by Gloria Ladson Billings
Master teacher and scholar Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings explains Culturally Relevant Teaching and discusses what it looks like when successfully applied in the classroom - 14min.
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Webinar
by Zaretta Hammond
Discover from Zaretta Hammond how to use culturally responsive teaching to re-ignite authentic student engagement and accelerate learning - 57 min. (Start @ 1:50)
NYT - 26 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students
Teachers traditionally turn to literature, history and current events to open up conversations about race, bias and identity, but it’s always helpful to have a bigger toolbox to tackle such important and difficult issues. That’s why the NYT pulled together these 26 short New York Times documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity.
To help teachers make the most of these films, they also provide several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy In Mathematics: A Critical Need
Shelly Jones – TEDxCCSU
Dr. Shelly M. Jones contributed to the text, The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward a New Discourse, and is an Associate Professor at Central Connecticut State University. Here, she explains how Culturally Relevant Pedagogy works in the Math classroom.
Math as Social Justice
Gina Cherkowski - TEDxRundleAcademy
Have you ever considered math as a human rights issue? Have you ever considered what the label “stupid” can do to a student? In this heart-felt and hard-hitting talk, Dr. Gina Cherkowski talks about how traditional math classes only reach 20% of students thereby creating a population that can only be consumers, not creators. Dr. Cherkowski goes on to talk about how teachers can change this math drought by revisioning the math class so that everyone can learn math - 14min.
Beyond Activism: Four Decades of Social Justice
A Film by Peter Hutchison and Asian Americans for Equality
Explores the growth of the Asian American civil rights movement, from its genesis at protests against discriminatory hiring practices and police brutality, to the next stage of advocacy when the groups that were forged in the midst of these demonstrations evolved into community development organizations committed to social justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ1Nu7fu30U&feature=youtu.be
15+ Videos for Social Justice Education
Keith Edwards December 15, 2015 Blog, Social Justice Education 2 6801
I often use videos in my work to help convey ideas in different ways, bring in different voices, engage learners in different ways, and bring emotion to the topics. Here are some of the videos I use in workshops on a variety of social justice topics with executive teams, organizations, and more.
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America
By Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 2012.
An adaptation for young readers of the classic multicultural history of the United States, A Different Mirror. A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
By Ronald Takaki, 2008.
A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.
100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say To Your Child To Advance Racial Justice
In honor of Raising Race Conscious Children’s 100th post, this list lifts a quote from each and every blog post to date, modeling language that has actually been used in a conversation with a child regarding race (and other identity-markers such as gender and class). Through our blog, workshops/webinars, and small group workshop series, we support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children, with the goals of dismantling the color-blind framework and preparing young people to work toward racial justice.
Cybary of the Holocaust
This online multimedia library of resources on the Holocaust includes photographs, a teacher’s guide, poetry, and myriad other diverse learning experiences for both teachers and students.
Disability Social History Project
This site represents a movement by people with disabilities to reclaim their history and to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the history of the world. Resources include a timeline and an index of related sites.
This Australia-based site, also known as International Approaches to Anti-Racism Education, includes classroom activities, a library of readings, and other resources on education equity. This particular page of the site addresses cyber racism. Or, racism that takes place online. The page provides case studies, research, and more information regarding racism in the virtual world.
SAADA: The South Asian American Digital Archive
There are 4,150 unique items available online in SAADA. The database sponsors "invite[s] you to learn about a key part of American and global history and contribute to it." They have 4,150 items in the largest publicly accessible archive of South Asian American history, 130 original articles by scholars of South Asian America, and 117 - presentations and events, delivered and held at venues across the country.
Too Cool for Middle School by Megan DuVarney Forbes
Middle school history and English teacher Megan DuVarney Forbes is a firm believer in ethics and justice, and her YouTube channel reflects that. She talks about why she wants to use her platform as an ability to inspire people and serve as a role model for doing good in the world, rather than being an influencer.
The content she shares is certainly aligned with this mission. Teachers can benefit from her tips and encouragement playlists, with topics ranging from creating teacher goals to what to consider before teaching about Rosa Parks.
Teachers Are Just As Likely To Be Racially Biased As Anyone Else
This Forbes article summarizes a study by researchers at Princeton and Tufts Universities, who found that teachers and non-teachers hold both implicit and explicit pro-White racial bias and that the differences between the two groups are ‘negligible'. Sorry yall, according to them, you are as biased as everyone else. It's imperative to think about and own that truth as we construct policies for our schools and classrooms.
Don't Just Read or Watch - Reflect and Act!
As you explore the experiences on this resource page, there are some critical questions to simultaneously ponder about equity that will help you grow, process, and take action:
What does this have to do with me?
How could I explain these concepts to my students?
What emotions are conjured up as I read? What’s that about?
What can I change about my practice, curricula, relationships, policies?
How can I use this to center my teaching on my most marginalized students?
How do I take this past pontificating and theorizing?
How does this connect with previous things that I’ve learned?
How much more is there to learn?
Who can I share this with?
Can I form a racial affinity group?
How can I lead my colleagues in taking up this work?
This work is complicated and twisty and involves balancing a whole lot of stuff. But if things are going to change, if things six months from now are not going to look just like six months ago, then there is hard work to do.
-Peter Greene - Curmuducation: Six Months from Now